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Economic Downturn May Jeopardize City's Pension and Retirement

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Mayor Michael Bloomberg has long warned of dire consequences if the city did not get a handle on its pension and retirement health care costs. As WNYC's Bob Hennelly reports, a rapidly deteriorating economy will make it even harder to cover those costs.

REPORTER: In good ...

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Mayor Outlines Reforms for Municipal Construction Projects

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Mayor Michael Bloomberg says he has a five-step plan to reduce the cost of the city's capital projects. It's a way, he says, of making sure the city continues to invest in infrastructure, even during this economic slump.

BLOOMBERG: We are not going to walk away ...

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NYPD Probes Cyclist Shoving Incident

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

The NYPD and the Manhattan district attorney are investigating the circumstances surrounding an NYPD officer knocking a cyclist to the ground last Friday in Times Square.

The incident, part of a Critical Mass bike ride, was captured on video and surfaced on the Internet.

Kelly said after ...

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Former Newark Mayor Gets 27 Months in Prison

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Former Newark Mayor Sharpe James was sentenced to 27 months in federal prison on Tuesday - far less than the 20 years prosecutors sought - for his role in the cut-rate sales of city land to his former mistress.

Federal Judge William Martini also ordered James ...

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Subway Service Getting Worse

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Subway service is getting worse, according to The Straphangers Campaign's annual report card.

Gene Russianoff of the riders' advocacy group says, according to New York City Transit's own data, from 2006 to 2007 trains traveled 4.5 percent fewer miles between breakdowns. The report shows ...

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Former Newark Mayor Gets 27-Month Sentence

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Former Newark Mayor Sharpe James was sentenced to 27 months in federal prison on Tuesday - far less than the 20 years sought by prosecutors - for his role in the cut-rate sales of city land to his former mistress.

Federal Judge William Martini also ordered ...

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Paterson Warns of Tough Fiscal Choices Ahead

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Gov. David Paterson says the state’s deficit for the 2009-2010 fiscal year has so far increased more than $1 billion - to $6.4 billion - and hard choices including looking at the size of the state work force and spending will be required to offset ...

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NYS Audits MTA Finances

Monday, July 28, 2008

As the Metropolitan Transportation Authority plans two fare hikes starting next July, a top state official has a message for the agency: not so fast. WNYC’s Arun Venugopal has more on a planned audit of the transit agency.

REPORTER: State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli is going ahead ...

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Deadly Weekend at Area Beaches

Monday, July 28, 2008

Divers searched off Coney Island yesterday but could not find a 10-year-old girl, one of three swimmers still missing from powerful ocean currents at area beaches over the weekend.

Akira Johnson was swimming with her 10-year-old cousin when she was pulled under by currents.

Officials say over ...

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Starrett City Tenants Praise Housing Relief Bill

Monday, July 28, 2008

Tenants of Starrett City in Brooklyn are praising the federal housing relief bill, which needs only President Bush's expected signature to become law. The legislation focuses mainly on alleviating the foreclosure crisis, but it also extends government subsidies for the sprawling complex on Jamaica Bay ...

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Comptroller: NYC Budget Gaps Widening

Monday, July 28, 2008

New York City's comptroller will deliver bad economic news to the Financial Control Board today. William Thompson is expected to tell the board that the city's future budget gaps will be larger than anticipated.

Thompson projects that the city's debt will grow by more than 7 ...

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Sharpton Rejects Plea Deal in Disorderly Conduct Case

Monday, July 28, 2008

The Rev. Al Sharpton rejected a non-jail plea offer today and instead will go to trial in September on a disorderly conduct charge related to protest demonstrations over the fatal shooting of an unarmed man on his wedding day.

Sharpton turned down an offer to plead ...

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Deadly Rip-Tides Claim Lives at Area Beaches

Monday, July 28, 2008

Deadly rip-tides off city and Long Island beaches this weekend claimed the lives of at least four people with three more still missing. Rescuers suspended their search yesterday for 10-year-old Akira Johnson who disappeared off Coney Island Saturday afternoon.

Still missing since Friday are a teenager ...

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Colombians Debate Politics With Difficulty

Monday, July 28, 2008

Colombian immigrants in the Jackson Heights neighborhood of Queens have been lauding their government and President Alvaro Uribe for recent efforts to combat violence in Colombia, particularly by the FARC rebel group. Residents of New York's Little Colombia overwhelmingly support President Uribe. In recent years ...

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NYC Adds Double Dutch to School Sports Calendar

Monday, July 28, 2008

There's a newcomer to New York City high school sports: double-dutch. The urban pastime will be an officially sanctioned sport this coming school year once basketball season is over and there is space in the gyms.

Double dutch jumper Osayi Owie says double-dutch is a true ...

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Hard Economic Times Mean Shortfalls for City and State

Monday, July 28, 2008

With a looming budget shortfall next year of $2.3 billion, Mayor Bloomberg says the city must keep spending in check. He and other officials testified this morning at a meeting of the Financial Control Board, which was set up in the 1970s when New York ...

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An Abundance of Beckett

Saturday, July 26, 2008

This theater season in New York offered an unusual number of major productions of plays by Samuel Beckett. Right now at Lincoln Center Festival, Ralph Fiennes, Barry McGovern and Liam Neeson are starring in a series of shows. And earlier this year, there were performances ...

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Livery Drivers to get Workers' Comp Fund

Friday, July 25, 2008

Livery drivers in New York City and its suburbs will now have better access to workers' benefits.

Gov. Paterson signed a new law that establishes rules to define which black car drivers are employees, and which ones are independent contractors. It also creates a workers' comp ...

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Gov. Paterson Vows Caution on Gas Drilling

Friday, July 25, 2008

Gov. David Paterson is vowing the state will proceed cautiously when it comes to new natural gas drilling in areas that could include New York City's drinking water reservoirs.

REPORTER: The governor spoke publicly for the first time since signing into law a streamlined application process.

PATERSON: ...

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State and City Officials Praise Federal Housing Bill

Friday, July 25, 2008

Housing officials say the federal housing bill poised to become law will help address more than just New York's foreclosure crisis. WNYC's Cindy Rodriguez reports.

REPORTER: About $4 billion will be distributed nationwide to help localities buy and renovate foreclosed properties. The money will go to ...

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